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KORAI ÖRÖM

Psychedelic/Space Rock • Hungary


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Imagine a more organic-sounding OZRIC TENTACLES where the electronics, synths and drum machines are replaced by a didgeridoo, the occasional chant and lots of percussion. This tripped-out Budapest outfit comprises a dozen or so musicians whose albums consist of improvised material recorded on stage and then remixed in the studio. They are known for their dynamic live concerts (often in unusual places such as around swimming pools or in the great outdoors) accompanied by video projections. Their SANTANA-like percussion and wicked, trance-like grooves actually make their music quite danceable. In the words of one of their founding members, Emil Biljarszki: ".(our) CD's are good but sterile, better to come to our concerts and let's feel together that things, which happen from themselves and make us stay alive."

Unfortunately, the band never title any of their albums or even their album tracks, which makes it difficult to refer to any of them individually. A general description would be long-flowing, cosmic space-rock jams with hypnotic atmospheres and superb percussion, with bits of trumpet and flute added on. The fusion-like atmosphere, the blend of Eastern and jazz influences and the constant interplay between burning guitar leads, synths and bass all make for an exhilirating listening experience which fans of OZRIC TENTACLES can't fail to appreciate..

For lack of a better way to identify the albums, let's say you could start by checking out their 1996 release commonly known as "Korai Öröm 1" and the 1998 album known as "Recycled Remixes".

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3.55 | 9 ratings
Korai Öröm
1995
4.00 | 16 ratings
Korai Öröm 1
1996
3.48 | 19 ratings
Korai Öröm 1997
1997
4.00 | 19 ratings
Sound & Vision 2001
2001
3.50 | 2 ratings
Reflected - Remixes
2003
3.96 | 20 ratings
2005
2005
4.14 | 28 ratings
2009
2009
3.55 | 11 ratings
2010
2010
4.20 | 5 ratings
2013
2013

KORAI ÖRÖM Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.50 | 2 ratings
Korai Öröm Live '93-'96
2000
3.49 | 3 ratings
Sound & Vision 2000
2000

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3.00 | 1 ratings
Recycled
1998
3.67 | 3 ratings
Volume Zero
2007

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 2009 by KORAI ÖRÖM album cover Studio Album, 2009
4.14 | 28 ratings

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2009
Korai Öröm Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by petersen88

4 stars After their '2005' peak album, which was truly great, my expectations were too high for this one at first. Especially having considered the fact that it took them almost another 5 years to record 2009 album (as it was with 2005). This is good album, but it took me some time to acknowledge that. It cointains some material almost as good as on its predecessor, but this crazy Hungarian group had only 30 minutes of a real gem this time. First of all, the tracks have their names! Before this album, for about 15 years they`d had the tradition of naming them with numbers, but as You can see they`ve become somehow tired of the unability to tell the listener what they mean. You won`t understand most of them anyway unless speak hungarian, but some titles like 'Latin', 'Akusztikus' and 'Új Arab' can give you some hints.

First four tracks are just almost as good as 2005 album was and thankfully they last for more than 30 minutes, which sum up to two thirds of the recording. 'Új Arab' starts with some meaningless chanting, but when it kicks in, it`s overall very good with some eastern heavy riffs and female 'moaning' vocals. 'Tizenkettő negyed' is wonderful classic. You can spot clip for this one on youtube or elsewhere (I think it`s on the cd as well, but I do not physical one). It was recorded during their all-time-members-reunion 18th birthday gig. 'Kínai' is my personal favorite, it`s growing step by step and gets better and better, creating great atmosphere. The first part of the album ends with more than 11-minute track 'Úszós', which is also essential here.

Well, then there`s the rest of the album, but I don`t care about it much. There are two shorter tracks (Mbira, Szubarú) that are really unnecessarily mixed in. 'A Paraszt visszavág' is a joke. I can tell one thing about jokes in music ? most of them get me angry when I hear them too often. The track begins with parody of Michael Jackson`s 'Beat it' ? the choice that isn`t really original and makes me just a bit too embarrassed when I hear it. Then it becomes straightforward electronic (disco?) track which is pretty stupid, but fairly listenable, even though there`s much chanting in Hungarian (I guess). The last two tracks 'Latin' and 'Akusztikus' are good, but nothing spectacular.

If You`re into band, it`s highly recommended. When You don`t know then, check '2005' album first. But If have a chance, listen to first four tracks of this one, they`re really something, if You are enough open-minded to appreciate this kind of eclectic, a bit tribal, a bit psychedelic, sometimes complex, sometimes straight, but always interesting music.

ps. It`s their last album with original keyboard/synth player Biljarszki Emil. He is good. The new player is either not half that good or the whole band just got terribly cheesy, I can`t decide.

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 Korai Öröm 1997 by KORAI ÖRÖM album cover Studio Album, 1997
3.48 | 19 ratings

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Korai Öröm 1997
Korai Öröm Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by snobb
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars I like Hungarian prog for its quality musicianship - you can like the music or not, but almost on every album of Hungarian artists you will find well played music. This release is not exception - all musicians are very competent, music is well played and well recorded.

Stylistically this album could be compared with some Ozric Tentacles releases, just much more relaxed in sound. Long spacey jamming with melodic components, some Eastern melodies, folklore elements and jazzy rhythms. Would you like it or not depends mostly on you interest to such kind of music - I believe Ozric Tentacles or Hawkwind fans should find this album really attractive, for others long jamming and quite monotonic and repetitive rhythms and bulky album's structure possibly will sound a bit boring.

Anyway - really competent spacey prog album.

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 2005 by KORAI ÖRÖM album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.96 | 20 ratings

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2005
Korai Öröm Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

3 stars This Hungarian band is famous for their "live" shows and i'm sure there must be people dancing when they play. The music has this modern techno beat as Joolz mentions in his review. And that does bother me a little, just a little though because this is eneretic and quite powerful music. I'm still reminded of OZRIC TENTACLES although this band really employs a lot of musicians, vocalists and some instruments you wouldn't normally associate with this style like trumpet, jews harp, sitar and more. Lots of percussion as well.

No song titles as usual. Song 1 has this atmospheric intro before it kicks in after a minute. It seems to get louder after 3 minutes. This is all about the beat and rhythm. It settles with female vocals before 4 minutes. Song 2 opens with female vocals. Male spoken words come in repeating "You can stop the tunes but don't stop the beat". The female vocals return sounding very ethnic. Male vocals 3 1/2 minutes in and I like the guitar that follows. Excellent tune. Song 3 opens with a U2 The Edge-like guitar melody which I think is an ethnic instrument or keys. A beat comes in and then it gets a little heavy 2 minutes in. That heaviness comes and goes. Not a fan of the male vocals at all.

Song 4 is almost haunting to open until a minute it when it kicks in with a heavy beat. The guitar comes in making some noise. Vocals after 4 1/2 minutes are again poor. It blends into song 5 which has this odd sounding instrument throughout. Song 6 opens with guitar then a beat comes in. Nice bass. Trumpet before 2 1/2 minutes. Male vocals 4 minutes in. Organ late. Song 7 has this beat with trumpet a minute in. Keys come in as well. Song 8 is ethnic sounding with spoken words. It kicks in quickly though. Themes are repeated. Song 9 is the longest at 9 1/2 minutes. Some atmosphere early as spoken words come in followed by a beat.

Good album but it fails to captivate me like their "Live In 2000" record does.

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 Korai Öröm 1997 by KORAI ÖRÖM album cover Studio Album, 1997
3.48 | 19 ratings

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Korai Öröm Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Leonardus

4 stars I am a huge fan of Korai Orom. 1997 was the first album introduced to my ears by a good friend from London. Delighted with the first track, I couldn't wait to experience the remainder. And 'to experience' their sound is the best way to describe this listening pleasure. The percussion is intense, the melodies wavelike, crescendos, quiet, and then explosive. High energy, artistic in the extreme, and a sound I do not tire to hear. Layers of sounds, laced together to deliver very intelligent, complex compositions. The beats are addictive, the flute dreamlike, drums hypnotic and complete music that is a progressive study for the ears. Not a great fan of purely electronic sounds ,(however, I do listen to Ozric Tentacles and enjoy them) I was overwhelmed by the myriad of instruments Korai introduce to their tracks and mix it with the human chants and sounds from Mother Nature. A very interesting band, in that they do not name their tracks and don't really care too much about that 'naming factor', for me that just adds to their genuine artistic nature. Korai in my mind, are genuine artists, discoverers of art, and extremely muse influenced musicians. Alas I am the proud owner of nearly all their albums. As in the opening lines of Porcupine Tree's 'Signify', 'kick your shoes off, put your feet up, and lean back and get yourself a cup of coffee or something, and just relax and join us in enjoying some very quiet, and relaxed, romantic music for a couple of hours'.

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 Korai Öröm by KORAI ÖRÖM album cover Studio Album, 1995
3.55 | 9 ratings

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Korai Öröm Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Rivertree
Special Collaborator Psych/Space Team & Band Submissions

3 stars Even with the first album they try to confuse us because abandoning the song titles. They hold up this trademark until today by the way. This makes it more difficult to point out special tunes. Never mind - they have other trademarks too which are more comfortable by all means. So to say the hypnotic rhythms which have a native folk/world music background provided with a high proportion of tribal percussion work. And you will detect only voices - not vocals really - this is basically an instrumental album.

KORAI ÖRÖM is not repeating the music on every release (if you don't go forward - you go backwards). So most of the songs from this debut are initiated by an atmospheric intro for example before they invite you to dance. Track 4 and 6 are the exceptions totally captured by exotic instruments like jew harp and didgeridoo. Keyboard/synths are also playing an important role and the guitars warrant the psychedelic resp. spacey element. A trumpet appears here and there what even provides a jazzy avantgarde touch, for example on track 1 and 2 which both have the makings of a masterpiece - somewhat light-footed in a very happy mood.

This album is hardly comparable with other band's efforts because of the high world music component. Unfortunately they cannot hold the high standard of the first songs during the whole album. However - 3.5 stars, a good start by KORAI ÖRÖM even if it might be treated as a little bit monotonous by some listeners ... oh yes ... speaking about trademarks ...

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 2005 by KORAI ÖRÖM album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.96 | 20 ratings

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2005
Korai Öröm Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by spacemetal

5 stars Is prog dead today? Of course not, with albums like Korai Öröm's 2005 released in the past few years. Forget the tag "Psychedelic/Space Rock". This is far too eclectic and creative to be grouped into a genre dominated today by clones of Hawkwind and the Ozric Tentacles. Sure, sometimes it is reminiscent of Pink Floyd, Kingston Wall, and Santana to name a few, but you need not worry, when you listen to 2005, you won't get served something you've already heard before.

From start to beginning, a swirling mixture of ethnic beats, mesmerizing soundscapes, "trippy" psych music, and a heavy, driving jazzy backbone will take you on a ride that few progressive albums can even come close to. It's intense the whole way through and never drifts away into uninspired jams, making this the quintessential space rock album in my opinion. None of the other bands in the genre have seemed to reach the level of perfection Korai Öröm achieved here, and it's really a shame they aren't more well known. I would really recommend this to all fans of progressive rock because not only is it a definite masterpiece and a pinnacle of the genre, but the music is such an eclectic mix that there should be something for everyone.

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 Sound & Vision 2000 by KORAI ÖRÖM album cover Live, 2000
3.49 | 3 ratings

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Sound & Vision 2000
Korai Öröm Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by erik neuteboom
Prog Reviewer

3 stars This Hungarian band delivers quite original prog, not really my music but worth to review. The first track has echoes from The Doors their mindblowing epic composition The End but the Eastern sounding guitar and sitar and exotic percussion also evokes Ozric Tentacles. The other four songs are build upon catchy and hypnotizing rhythms (lots of percussion) with many samples and different instruments, from electric guitar, organ and trumpet to sitar and the Australian didgeridoo. In general Koram öröm their music is hard to compare to any other progrock band, it sounds very special featuring warm, sultry and exotic atmospheres with some trendy beats (modern technique), very adventurous, fellow reviewer Sinkadotentree is even more pleased!


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 Sound & Vision 2000 by KORAI ÖRÖM album cover Live, 2000
3.49 | 3 ratings

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Sound & Vision 2000
Korai Öröm Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars KORAI OROM are from Budapest, Hungary. They play a psychedelic brand of prog that at times brings to mind OZRIC TENTACLES. This is a live recording although the audience cannot be heard. The band for this recording consists of 8 people playing the music, including 2 percussionists and a drummer. As well as 4 permanent band members who do not play music at all but are the "Vision" part of the band. They are responsible for lighting, live video mix, slide shows and sound. These guys are famous for their live shows and readily admit that their live shows are far better than their studio recordings.There is a great picture of the band inside that is priceless, they like to have a lot of fun you can tell. As per usual none of the tracks are titled, so i'll refer to them by the numerical order they appear in.

The first song opens with the sound of crickets and birds as an Eastern sounding melody plays including acoustic guitar. 90 seconds in the pace and volume is increased to a driving, catchy beat. Nice guitar melody as well. Lots of flute 7 minutes in as the guitar gets quite heavy. The song ends with the melody from the intro. Nice. The second song begins with drums, keys and guitar creating another beautiful soundscape. This is hypnotic stuff man. Some soft vocals are used for effect and the song ends with some good guitar. The third song opens with drums and percussion.There is some atmospheric guitar a minute in. This is the shortest song clocking in at just over 2 minutes.

The fourth song opens with the sounds of flowing water as synths and what sounds like morrocas come in. Guitar follows then pounding drums forming an amazing combination.The guitar sounds incredible and the drumming and percussion is really what this band is all about. The fifth song has this vocal melody throughout including a lot of laughing. The keys and percussion dominate with horns coming in.The sixth song features guitar, percussion and synths. More trumpet and I love the sound of that spacey ending.

This record has me wanting to hear more, I was reminded of Krautrock at times and would like to check out some of their early stuff. Highly recommended.

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 Sound & Vision 2001 by KORAI ÖRÖM album cover Studio Album, 2001
4.00 | 19 ratings

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Sound & Vision 2001
Korai Öröm Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Modrigue
Prog Reviewer

4 stars One of the best albums from Korai Öröm ! Sound & Vision 2001 features top-notch instrumental modern psychedelism. They played a music quite familiar to Ozric Tentacles, but not in an agressive and heavy way. The hungarian band is rather soft, smooth and more ethnic than their colleagues from United Kingdom.

The records opens with I, an ambient tune with echoes of Ennio Morricone western soundtracks ! It evolves slightly with additions of percussions and floating guitars. II is the longest track of the disc and is completely different from the first song, more spacey and cosmic, and of course very relaxing. The next tune has an upbeat tempo, and could feature on a trip-hop release. Both jazzy and energic by moments ! But the real highlight here is IV, opening with a smooth and vaporous athmosphere to introduce an astonishing guitar part in the vein of the Shadows ! The second part of the song is very trance-ish and hypnotic ! Powerful ! This song alone shows the band's variety of influences. Back to the calm with V, a smooth ambient jazzy-rock tune. The album concludes with VI, the rockiest song fo the disc, featuring wah-wah guitars and oriental melodies.

With Sound & Vision 2001, Korai Öröm offers a very good modern psychedelic release. Songs are various and some passages are rather surprising but highly welcomed in this "ambient jungle". A re-discovery of the genre. Strongly recommended !

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 2005 by KORAI ÖRÖM album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.96 | 20 ratings

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2005
Korai Öröm Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Joolz
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4 stars While still operating within a spacey-psych arena, the latin-rock backdrop of old has given way to a more modern techno-funky styled foundation on this most recent offering from Hungarian band Korai Öröm. It is a combination that works fantastically well, the bubbling synths and powerful breakbeats skilfully blending with a variety of acoustic instruments in a sophisticated integration of ethnic styles and electronics that is both infectious and stimulating. They never let things slide remotely near the boredom threshold, the groove constantly changing shape and reinventing itself.

Musically, it is more structured than in previous albums. The aimless trippy meandering that pervades much of the band's earlier work has been replaced by a sense of purpose, helped by short vocal passages, some by a lovely breathy female voice, and a variety of vocal sound-bites. Weaknesses are relatively minor nit-picking: perhaps some of the lead guitar runs are less than inspiring; sometimes the focus isn't strong enough [track 7 has a wonderful chirpy beat but sounds like it is a backing track with the vocal missing]; and, after the genius of 8, it ends a little lamely on the unfocussed and somewhat average 9.

Generally, though, these are glorious soundscapes that flow energetically, absorbing a variety of influences and spewing out an exciting hybrid that tickles the intellect while at the same time getting those feet moving. Tracks 2 and 8, both heavily tinged with Indian atmospheres thanks to vocals and sitar, are stunning masterpieces of space-psych as good as it gets, including some high-octane wall-of-sound 'space jammimg'. Overall, a 'must have' for space-psych fans with a penchant for modern beats and plenty of energy. Oh, and the didgeridoo and jaw's harp still get their turn in the spotlight. Highly recommended!

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